Did you know that children and teens who are obese have as much plaque buildup in their arteries as a 45-year-old adult? This makes them susceptible to heart diseases much earlier on and is quite frankly horrifying. We need to make sure that our kids are healthy, no mater how busy our lives are and here are some easy ways to do so:
1. Do Activities Outside
Plan to do an outdoor activity with your kids at least one day on the weekend. If it’s summer, you can go swimming, in the fall and spring you can go biking, and in the winter, try sledding or hiking. You can even take a picnic lunch along wherever you’re going and keep healthy snacks available so that everyone stays happy.
2. Take Classes Together
Ask around your community and fitness centers about aerobics or yoga classes offered for parents and kids to take together. If your child is too young to engage in the activities, look for a class that can teach you to keep in shape when you’re with baby, such as taking baby around in a stroller or adding them into your yoga workout.
3. Buy Healthier Foods
Take your children along with you to farmer’s markets to teach them about good nutrition. Let them sample foods and discover what healthy options they enjoy. It’s also a good idea to involve them in the cooking process to help motivate them to eat better in the long run. There is a bunch of evidence that suggests how cooking with your children can help aid in their development. Think about it: they can do math for measurements, and can learn about following the rules by sticking to the recipe. Encouraging your child to eat well also makes them more likely to be physically active and have healthier habits. When your whole family is involved in health goals, all members are more likely to succeed. So set a good example for your children and they will follow suit.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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